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Looks like I'm going to get a solid $500 back from taxes (I'm a student employee at my college's IT department).

I'm contemplating an upgrade in the near future, probably over the summer. I've been trying to sell my 5850 without success so I can move to a 460 SLI. If I can't think of a good way to spend part of the $500, I'll just save it but I've been somewhat frugal this year in tech spending (just a board upgrade for the holidays with gift card money and a mystery box).

So, what should I look at?

I think I'm set for cooling/processor/storage, but I'm open to suggestions. I don't want to go under water, though - little anxious about the cost and the complexity.

TL;DR: I have up to $500 to spend if there's an upgrade that's worth it. What do you think might be worth it?
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Looks like I'm going to get a solid $500 back from taxes (I'm a student employee at my college's IT department).

I'm contemplating an upgrade in the near future, probably over the summer. I've been trying to sell my 5850 without success so I can move to a 460 SLI. If I can't think of a good way to spend part of the $500, I'll just save it but I've been somewhat frugal this year in tech spending (just a board upgrade for the holidays with gift card money and a mystery box).

So, what should I look at?

I think I'm set for cooling/processor/storage, but I'm open to suggestions. I don't want to go under water, though - little anxious about the cost and the complexity.

TL;DR: I have up to $500 to spend if there's an upgrade that's worth it. What do you think might be worth it?
well.......wouldnt 2x 5850 > than 2xGTX460? So why not get 2 HD5850 for less cost, a 5850 is roughly 200$, either save the other 300 for when the expensive thigs drop furthur (when ivy/Bdozer drops) or get some more RAM and other little toys.
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post #3 of 11
Well,

$500 is a nice amount for a good upgrade. The base machine you have is still pretty good. The GPU doesn't really need to be upgraded, what you could do though is sell your current one and get a 6970 or something. The Storage is fine, you could consider a RAID0 setup for your SSD's. But that's pretty expensive but still within your budget.

What keyboard and mouse do you have? You can easily drop $100 on a mouse nowadays. Maybe that mouse that you really want (razor mamba )

Comps

EDIT - As the above post says another 5850, don't get me wrong it's a nice upgrade but the 6k series scale so much better. I'd still opt for selling the 5850 and getting a 6970 xfire setup if I chose to upgrade that.
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Thanks for the input guys, +rep for both

@GPU: I'm not partial to getting another 5850, it's still $200 and it's a generation behind. Also, I'm feeling like going green since I want to fold a bit more. All in all, though, I'd have to sell the 5850 first which seems more and more difficult.

@Mouse & Keyboard: I have a 1991 Model M that I love. It works great, and my $20 mouse has been through every computer I've ever had - I'm hesitant to switch to anything else.

I don't know, maybe I don't need an upgrade! Maybe I should just save up for another build in the next year or two.
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I think you should wait for Ivy Bridge and save up some more so you can get a top of the line mobo and CPU when it comes out.
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I'd spend it on solid audio if you don't already have it. That'll last forever.
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post #7 of 11
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I love that idea, and I want so badly to have nice audio. My only problem is that I'm in college and I can't deal with storing/moving a bunch of nice speakers every year.

Wait, that's it! I realized my answer mid-post!

Some nice headphones! I'm off to make a post in the appropriate section!

Thanks so much for the idea
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Yea headphones would be solid IMO!
    
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Originally Posted by beoagate View Post
I love that idea, and I want so badly to have nice audio. My only problem is that I'm in college and I can't deal with storing/moving a bunch of nice speakers every year.

Wait, that's it! I realized my answer mid-post!

Some nice headphones! I'm off to make a post in the appropriate section!

Thanks so much for the idea
...and maybe a DAC
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I ended up purchasing a brand new pair of Audio Technica M50S headphones

They sound terrific, and I still have most of the refund to save for later purchases. Thanks for the advice, everyone!
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